Last week I went through that emotional and (for me) tragic moment of crying over the loss of my little friend of 16 years, Sasha. She would have been 17 next Saturday.
Sasha was a Chow-Chow that came to me when she was only 5-weeks old.
Typical of her breed she was a little aggressive, but extremely protective of her home and family. Very few people could get close to her.
She was getting tired, very tired, but still with difficulty moving around. We noticed she was losing her hearing and a little of her sight. We noticed that when I was going to touch her head and all she saw was the black shadow of my hand, she jumped at me and bit me in the wrist.
I honestly wanted to keep her forever, but after a long conversation with her Vet, he told me I should give her a gift of love because it was time to let her go and rest.
It was a very difficult decision, but I realized I was being selfish and she was put to rest at her home where she grew up, surrounded by her family last Wednesday, September 16.
I want to thank Dr. Brian Hewitt with Cheyenne West Animal Hospital who takes care of my dogs for his patience and dedication, and who with great compassion took special time out of his busy schedule to
make me understand it was time to let her go.
I also want to thank Dr. Blanche Pierce who Dr. Hewitt considers a very good veterinarian and proved to us what a dedicated professional she is, that made special efforts to allow her to pass with dignity and very peacefully.
And last but not least my deepest gratitude to Allen Silberstein of Compassionate Pet Cremation who very patiently waited during the whole process and allowed us extra time to stay with her to say our last good-byes.
My little friend is gone, but will remain deep in my heart until we meet again and cross together the Rainbow Bridge.
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Pope Francisco spent time in Cuba
As a person born and raised in the faith of the Catholic Apostolic and Roman Church, educated by the Sisters of the Company of Mary who had a Jesuit Priest as a spiritual counselor for years, I need to respect the decisions of our Holy Father, but I still don’t agree with some of his decisions. I firmly believe the Church needs not to be involved in political matters. There are many other and more important issues Pope Francisco should be involved with and we all know what they are.
Of course, it is understood that he is not the first to visit Cuba, but it is ironic that the Cuban people have suffered years of poverty and total destruction of all of their cities and now all of a sudden, they found a way to paint and semi-reconstruct many of the buildings just to impress the Pope.
Some thousands have been released from prison prior to the arrival of His Holiness to make him believe things are changing in Cuba, but have any of those reporters flying with him and enjoying the good time
taken the time to inform him that dozens of the dissidents opposed to the regime have been arrested?
Very unfortunately the Cuban people have not been educated as religious people. Some of the people interviewed expressed themselves as such. One lady put it plain and clear, “We are receiving him just
as the president of any country, not as an ecclesiastical authority.”
How could Pope Francisco be so naive as to believe that those two brothers born and raisef in hell could change dramatically from night to morning?
How the Holy Father could ignore the hundreds of thousands of innocent people killed by those two sons of Satan?
Many Catholics believe the Pope’s mission is to unite people of all races and creeds, but how can he forget dozens of young men executed by firing squads who died not yelling “Peace” or “Mercy,” but “Viva Christ the King.” They were all Catholic young men killed by the hands of the two sons of Satan.
The Catholic Church did not teach me the Ten Commandments given by God at Mount Sinai just to be written down and then used as scratch paper, but to keep them in my heart and remember them during my entire life and the sixth of those ten commandments simply says: “You shall not kill.” That commandment forbids the unjustified taking of a human life; exactly what Fidel and Raul Castro have been doing for the last 56 years.
Stealing the words of Jorge Ramos to Donald Trump “as a reporter I have the right to ask questions.” As a Catholic I also believe I have the right to ask questions, “Holy Father, in all fairness, how can you shake the bloody hands of Raul Castro?”
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.